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Cops charge four with Black Friday murder

Philadelphia police on Tuesday announced the arrests of four suspects in connection with the Nov. 23 murder of Johnika Tiggett, an innocent bystander who was cut down by a stray bullet in Nicetown.

Cops charge four with Black Friday murder

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Philadelphia police on Tuesday announced the arrests of four suspects in connection with the Nov. 23 murder of Johnika Tiggett, an innocent bystander who was cut down by a stray bullet in Nicetown.

Homicide Capt. James Clark said an arrest warrant has been issued for a fifth suspect, Terrell Antwon, 23, of Cleveland Street near Cayuga, who is still on the lam.

Clark said Antwon and the other suspects -- Byron McDonald, 19; Anthony Palmer, 33; Roland Thompson, 36 and Rashon Wiggins, 24 -- were inside a bar called Buffy's on Dennie Street near Wayne Avenue when an argument broke out. 

"It was actually a team of two against three, if you want to call it that," Clark said. 

"It started inside the bar and escalated outside the bar. All five of them had guns, all five of them pulled weapons, and all five of them fired." 

The five thugs fired more than 20 shots at each other, Clark said.

One bullet found Tiggett, 25, of 20th Street near Germantown Avenue, who was struck in the head as she attempted to walk away from the bar. She was taken to Temple University Hospital and died later that day.

Clark said Tiggett didn't know any of the suspects. She had Thanksgiving dinner with her parents, and later decided to head to Buffy's with some friends.

"As a result of the reckless actions of five individuals, she's no longer with us," Clark said. "It's very, very sad." 

McDonald, Palmer, Thompson and Wiggins have all been charged with murder, weapons violations and related offenses.

Clark said two guns, a .40-caliber and a .45-caliber, have already been recovered.

Anyone with information on Antwon's whereabouts can contact the Homicide Unit at 215-686-3334, -3335 or -3336.



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